Moscow: Russian security forces have killed a top local Al Qaeda leader, who also had a Pakistani visa, in the restive Caucasus province of Chechnya in a special operation.
According to the National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) Al Qaeda envoy, a Turkish national Doger Sevdet aka Abdullah Kurd, was killed in a fighting in the hilly forest area of Chechnya's Vedensky district in the course of a joint operation by the FSB commando and Interior Ministry Troops on Tuesday, a day after US forces hunted down Osama bin Laden.
According to NAC Abdullah Kurd had taken over the al Qaeda Caucasus envoy's job after the liquidation his predecessor Moganned on April 11.
His Turkish passport bearing Georgian, Azerbaijani and Pakistani visas was also recovered from his belongings.
NAC said according to the FSB data, Kurd had crossed into Russia's Northern Caucasus in 1991 from the Pankisi Gorge of neighbouring Georgia and was a member of the so called 'Arab Groups' of al Qaeda in Chechnya under the command of Khattab, Abu al Walid and Abu Khavs, killed in the past by the federal security forces.
After the neutralisation of Abu Khavs in 2006 Abdullah Kurd was number two al Qaeda man in the Caucasus under the Saudi national with nom de guerre Moganned and after latter's killing on April 11took over the coordination of Al Qaeda activities, which included the control and disbursement of finances coming from abroad for terrorist attacks in the region.
NAC said Abdullah Kurd was directly involved in planning and carrying out major terror attacks and murders of innocent civilians and law enforcement officers.